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January 21, 2013
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  • Resources for teaching about MLK Day, Obama's inauguration
    The writer of this blog post suggests activities and resources to teach students about Martin Luther King Jr., who is celebrated today, and the historic second inauguration of President Barack Obama, also happening today in Washington, D.C. The resources include a slide show of photographs from the Civil Rights Movement and a resource that allows readers to build their own inaugural address. The blog also includes links to resources that could be helpful as educators address the topics in the classroom. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How students are remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: In Florida, teachers are using a variety of activities and lesson plans to teach students about Martin Luther King Jr. One teacher had her third-grade students perform plays about black history and created a mural related to King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. One ninth-grade teacher said her students are participating in the American Bar Association Law Day Contest, which has the theme "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" -- in recognition of the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Math Tools in Action is an exciting new DVD series that shows teachers in grades 1-5 how to use anchor charts, journals, and manipulatives to deepen and improve math instruction. Each DVD chronicles a complete lesson in a real classroom, with expert commentary and teaching tips before and during the lesson. Click here to view clips and download the viewing guides!
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  • How to make writing a debate-friendly exercise
    While teachers and students can be hesitant to integrate debate into the writing process, Ashley Prophet, a graduate student, suggests a nontraditional approach that could alleviate fears over tedious debates and rowdy students. Prophet suggests a five-step process in which students seek critical reviews from their friends, adopt an approach in which students prosecute and defend their sentences, and finally use technology to publish their work. Prophet's blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. panel seeks to improve teacher preparation
    New teachers often say they feel under-prepared in classroom management skills, according to experts providing input to the Educator Preparation Advisory Council in Connecticut. The council -- a joint effort among state K-12 and higher-education officials -- is tasked with making recommendations on improving teacher preparation programs. Among the suggestions: having student teachers work with mentor teachers for an entire school year, starting on the first day, when classroom rules and routines are introduced. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • L.A. teacher evaluations to include students' test scores
    Members of United Teachers Los Angeles have approved a teacher-evaluation method based in part on students' test scores. However, the deal limits the use of controversial value-added data and instead will measure teachers' effectiveness based on raw state test scores, district assessments and high-school exit exams, as well as attendance, graduation, suspensions and course-completion rates. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Guiding Readers uses a structured 18-minute small-group lesson format to support all of your students as they access more sophisticated texts, with tips for setting learning goals, practical lesson routines, and how to select appropriate texts for readers at each stage. Includes chapters on nonfiction & functional reading. Preview the entire book!

The cure for shallow classroom discussions. Academic Conversations gives you the structures you need to foster quality conversations in language arts, social studies, science, and other subjects. Students will develop critical skills for exploring an important question, idea, or topic. Click here now for details!

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  • Deadlines extended for National Board candidates
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